Thursday, April 30, 2009

Dutch Queen's Day

Nope, I'm not talking about the Dutch cross dressers- although I'm sure the title of this article was misleading. 
Apparently today is the Queen's birthday in Holland and to celebrate everyone cooks orange food, dresses in orange and dances on boats until they fall in the canals! Sounds like fun, but lacking both a boat and a canal- I'll have to content myself with cooking some orange treats to salute my Dutch heritage.

Sweet Potato scones
2 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tspn salt
1 egg (lightly beaten)
1 cup of mashed sweet potato (cooked & cooled)
2 cups of whole-wheat plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Cream butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Add lightly beaten egg and mashed sweet potato and mix until well blended.
In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg together and then add to the sweet potato. Mix until you have a soft dough that is not sticky.  Add a little more flour if necessary. Turn onto a floured surface and lightly knead.
Break dough into 6 even portions, roughly circular in shape. Bake on floured baking tray 200degC for 20mins or until golden. 

Serve hot with a thick smear of butter and a slice of edam if you like... or maybe that's just the way I like it.


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